The Gold Dagger
This year's winner
A perfectly balanced combination of courtroom drama and fast-paced action. Add to the mix strong characterisation and superb plotting for a twisty and absorbing read in which nothing is resolved until the very last page.
The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year. It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship.
Up to 2005 books in translation were eligible for this prize. In 2006 the CWA established a separate dagger, the International, for books in translation, recognising the work of the translator as well as that of the original author.
Since We Fell
A Necessary Evil
Richard Reynolds (Chair)
Richard has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years and is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction at Heffers in Cambridge, including the annual events What’s Your Poison & Murder under the Mistletoe, the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels and is an expert in Crime fiction.
Myles is a Kent-based podiatrist with a keen interest in crime fiction. Myles is sometime book reviewer and co-founder of CrimeFest, the crime writing convention held in Bristol.
Karen has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years, in a variety of senior financial and operational roles for Dorling Kindersley, Time Warner and Little Brown. She currently works part time as a consultant in the publishing industry which leaves time for lots of reading.
Janice has a nursing and archaeology background with a particular interest in forensics. For the last 14 years she has worked for Waterstones as a bookseller.
Jo discovered crime fiction in the library of the small fenland town in which she grew up. She has been Secretary of/Events Organiser for the Margery Allingham Society for several years and is an occasional reviewer.
Ursula was CEO of Little, Brown Book Group from 2006 – 2015. Following a period as Chairman she retired at the end of 2016 and now sits as a non-executive director on the Boards of Profile and Andrew Nurnberg Associates. She has always been a great enthusiast for crime fiction and a supporter of both the CWA and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate
Marcel is a former lawyer turned award-winning journalist. He has written and broadcast extensively on a large variety of subjects for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, and on radio and television. He is the crime fiction and thrillers critic for The Times.
The CWA Gold Dagger 2018 Longlist
|Ross Armstrong||Head Case||HQ|
|Steve Cavanagh||The Liar||Orion|
|Mick Herron||London Rules||John Murray|
|Dennis Lehane||Since We Fell||Little Brown|
|Laura Lippman||Sunburn||Faber & Faber|
|Attica Locke||Bluebird, Bluebird||Serpent’s Tail|
|Imran Mahmood||You Don’t Know Me||Michael Joseph|
|Abir Mukherjee||A Necessary Evil||Harvill Secker|
|Stuart Turton||The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle||Raven Books|
|Emma Viskic||Resurrection Bay||Pushkin Vertigo|